The thing about socks is, you don’t always notice them unless they are bad. “Bad” has many definitions when it comes to socks, as it could mean that they itch, that they don’t wick well, or maybe there’s an annoying seam on them that could potentially give you a blister. You can really pay attention to socks when they suck, but not so much when they don’t. And that’s usually the mark of a good sock, because you’ve forgotten all about them and there are more important things to think about on a run.
All I really want from running socks is nothing, like the intro said. I don’t want to feel them, I don’t want to be annoyed by them when I get home and kick off my shoes, and I don’t want to be angry about them when they come out of the wash all stiff and scratchy. I tried out the Swiftwick Aspire Zero primarily because I got first dibs and I love fun, bright colors for my running socks. (It makes it easier to match them up when folding laundry, and it’s a nice contrast to the ubiquitous white socks and black tights.)
These are very lightly cushioned, so there’s no bulky fabric underfoot, and they dry really quickly.Though it’s been nice a few weeks so far this spring, it’s obviously been a rainy month (or at least on the days I’ve gone running) most notably the final race in the PRC Winter 5k Series, but I didn’t get a single hot spot or blister. I did have to make sure not to wear them with one specific pair of my running shoes that has a higher collar, but for the Brooks Adrenaline and Levitate the height was perfectly aligned, so there was no rubbing. They washed well (and were super easy to pair until my DOG hid one, the little stinker) and still feel brand new after multiple washes.
I don’t know about you, but I swear by running socks. When I first started running, I laughed at the thought of spending extra for “special” socks. But years later, I have changed my tune and personally feel that my feet are better off as a result of having some high-tech socks in my arsenal. These socks stay in place with no bunching or twisting, they wick moisture away, and they look pretty good – if you are into higher socks as I am. All these features and those listed below have made these a great addition to my trail running arsenal:
- High-performance fibers wick moisture to keep feet dry and cool.
- Medium cushion provides all-day comfort while moderate compression gently hugs and supports the contours of your feet.
- Six cuff height rests just below mid-calf.
This style comes in a two colors and are doing a great job at keeping my feet comfy.
Products & Price:
Specs (from website)
- Aspire Zero
- 55% Nylon / 40% Olefin / 5% Spandex
- Vision Six Sprint
- 74% Nylon / 17% Olefin / 9% Spandex
More about Swiftwick:
We’re a passionate group of athletes serving athletes. We started when a mountain bike racer saw the need for high-performance socks with superior moisture-wicking and incredible fit. Today, we’re an international brand developing performance socks for running, cycling, hiking and other adventures. We share your passion for an active lifestyle and are committed to making the best socks you will ever wear. Wherever you chase adventure, our goal is to help you get there.
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